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I know how to partay!!!!

No really, I’m just some kinda wild child. Somebody hold me back …. yeah!!!!

Because only the coolest, badass party animals take blondies, knitting and decaf tea bags to a party….oh and did I mention, we sorted buttons into colour tones. I was dressed like some one out of Dexy’s Mindnight Runners and believed (while stone cold sober) my host when she said she’d been out with Ant from Ant n Dec- I had a BRILLIANT time!!!!! THANK YOU!

It reminds me of the parties I’d have back in Cornwall when, come a certain hour people would start sorting the bottles and stuff into the recycling and start washing the dishes…..

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Ooops I Did It Again!

I finished the leg warmer yesterday but once off the needle it looked a little too wide. Hmph….

Let me explain… I have what can be generously described as ‘strong legs’ I wanted to make sure my calves weren’t busting out like some Incredible Hulk so I added a few stitches… Hmph…

I had planned to cast on the second before sewing up the first but I thought I’d better check the fit before making a start on the second…..And BINGO! Leg warmers for a baby elephant…. Yey.

Unlike the glove I recently made fit for a giant, there was no alternative use for it…. champagne bottle warmer…. vase warmer???? No. Nothing else for it but to frog 🐸.

By the time I’d done that I’d lost my leg warmer mojo. My husband suggested we watch Gravity because Sandra Bullock is my favourite actress…. good film but not at all relaxing in fact harrowing so I started knitting this Peter Pan hat.

The snow finally came in properly yesterday and was still there today so we built an igloo and I finished this little hat. I like it. I need to improve the decrease but apart from that I like it… what do you think?

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Let it snow

Ok, my friends in Canada and Eastern Europe will be slightly bewildered… the schools are closed yet there is barely enough snow on the ground for s snowball… the little one however has never seen snow so she’s easily impressed,

So far a cosy day by the fire knitting and arguing with the little one about her world book day costume (Matilda-and apparently we have the wrong sort of dresses not that it matters because school is closed).

I’ve started a lovely Aran leg warmer.., I’m 2/3 of the way through. Let’s hope I can keep my mojo going long enough to knit the second! I will make sure I start the second as right after casting off the first… see how that goes!

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Making as meditation

This two sided knitting lark really is a meditation! It really is terribly simple, you just have to keep your mind in the moment, on the task.

You know when you’re meditating and you wander off thinking about this and that…. and then you catch yourself and bring yourself back to the breath or a sound …. Only with the two sided knitting my little wanderings are all too evident as the wrong coloured stitch waving at me!

I’m getting really good at undoing stitches vertically and reworking the them the right way. Well I thought I’d give it a go after undoing several whole rows which had me in a real pickle!

And the work is giving me so many ideas, how I could use this fabric, and has set me wondering how I can develop it. Of course there’s colour work, textures etc etc. Of course I’ll be looking to the YouTube community for help and ideas but also the ‘making it up as I go and seeing if it works’ method that serves me well (even if it doesn’t work).

I’d love to hear what other people are working on 🙏🏼❤️

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My life in techno hell!!!

Hurrah for the nice people at WordPress for dealing with my Luddite understanding of all things technical! And while I’m being waiting between being hand held through the various technical difficulties I’m unpicking the cods I made last night.

I did think about just leaving that little, lone green stitch there, maybe try and cover it with a stitch over the top but no. Because although I won’t be selling this one, I can’t wear it as it’s wool so I’ll have to be a gift and I don’t give second class gifts to my first class friends!

ooh…better go… things to put right!!

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Off topic but you’ll thank me!

So today has been punctuated by delays and minor, first world inconveniences… I got stuck in every traffic jam on every journey (in the van that works, is safe and I can afford), they didn’t have any of the books I wanted at the book shop (so I ordered them and they’ll be in tomorrow probably) the guys at the tip charged me for getting rid of some stuff (which is fine as seriously how else am I going to get rid of insulation off cuts) anyway… I came home and just needed to make something… NOW!!! Something I could do while sorting out the kitchen and other little jobs.., something yummy! So, given that chocolate gives me migraines welcome to the world ..,

CARAMELIES!!!!

160g caramac buttons

160g butter

250g sugar

3 eggs

120g plain flour

80g broken caramac buttons

Turn oven to 180c

Melt the butter and the 120g of caramac

Beat the eggs and the sugar together and add to the cooled melted stuff. Mix up properly and add the flour mixing that properly too.

Pour into a lined baking tray 20x30x5 ish and scatter the remaining buttons over.

Bung in the oven for 20-25 mins.

Cool a bit a cut into very small pieces

Read through the ingredients list every time you want one just to remind yourself that they are not in any way low calorie and then go ahead and eat one very small piece, mindfully!

Anyway now to go pick the girl up!

You’re welcome!

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Perseverance & Slow progress

This two sided knitting lark is slow. I keep getting my yarns (and my knickers) in a twist; I’m sure there must be a trick to keeping the yarns apart. Any suggestions are most welcome!

I’m used to my work taking shape quite quickly…. not this time. I love how it feels though and it’ll be super warm. If only I could wear wool!

I’m wondering how I’d do yarn overs and knit two together???!

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Time to practice

What do yoga and knitting have in common? Well they both keep me grounded. In this world where we are becoming less and less connected with each-other and the real, tangible world, that can only be a good thing.

See, I’m a worrier. If it was an Olympic sport I’d be gold medal standard. We are what we repeatedly do, we get better at what we practice and I have spent many years practicing and working my worry muscles.

So yoga, knitting, they work different muscles. The very act of doing them keeps me in the now and this bleeds out on to the rest of the canvas of my life.

When I first started yoga and people talked about their ‘practice’ I thought they were a bit nuts but over the years it makes more sense. So my aim is to practice the things that improve life; and practice makes permanent, if not perfect!

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Hang out the flags for Love! – FREE PATTERN

img_5070.jpgAs promised, here is my lovely pattern for Hearts ‘n’ Flags.  It’s super simple and is great for using up oddments of yarn, or a rather good excuse for getting some more! Its a chunky weight yarn knitted on 5mm needles for a lovely dense texture and they knit up in no time.  click on the link below to download the FREE PATTERN and check out the accompanying YouTube tutorials that will help you along the way…. you’re welcome!

Hearts n Flags

 

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Anyone who had a heart

It’s been a funny old day. I’d planned to go busking. In fact I turned up in town, in the rain, with a shop being demolished very noisily right by where I was planning to play.

Sometimes you need to take the hint and change your plans, I mean it’s not like I don’t have anything to do. So I packed up and came home, via the shops for a new loo seat and also some supplies for the little ones party bags for the weekend.

And these little beauties? My Valentines Baby Bunting and hearts. I’m typing up the pattern and will put it on here it ASAP. Don’t worry they’re lonely quick knits, you’ve got plenty of time ❤️❤️❤️